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Her Majesty Queen Sofía

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Her Majesty the Queen Sofía

Her Majesty Queen Sofia was born in Athens on 2 November 1938, the first child of King Paul I and Queen Federica of Greece. Her family belongs to one of Europe’s oldest Royal Households.
She spent part of her childhood in Egypt and South Africa because her family was forced into exile during the Second World War. She returned to her homeland in 1946, completed her secondary education in the Schloss Salem boarding school in Germany and then returned to Greece where she specialised in childcare, music and archaeology. She was a reserve member of the Greek sailing team at the Olympic Games held in Rome in 1960.

  • Her Majesty the Queen Sofía
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    Her Majesty The Queen Sofía

    Atenas, 1948,
  • Her Majesty The Queen Sofía
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    Her Majesty The Queen Sofía

    Atenas, 1948,
  • Her Majesty The Queen Sofía
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    Her Majesty The Queen Sofía

    Athens, 1956,
  • Her Majesty The Queen Sofía
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    Her Majesty The Queen Sofía

    Athens, 1958,
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    Her Majesty The Queen Sofía

    Switzerland, 1961,
On 14 May 1962, she married Prince Juan Carlos de Borbon y Borbon, in Athens. They have three children: the Infanta Elena, born on 20 December 1963; the Infanta Cristina, born on 13 June 1965, and Prince Felipe, born on 30 January 1968. They have eight grandchildren: Leonor, Princess of Asturias and Sofía de Borbón, the daughters of King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain, Felipe and Victoria de Marichalar y de Borbón, the children of the Infanta Elena and Jaime de Marichalar; and Juan, Pablo, Miguel and Irene Urdangarin y de Borbón, the children of the Infanta Cristina and her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin.

  • Royal Wedding in Athens
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    Royal Wedding in Athens

    Athens, 14.05.1962
  • H.R.H. the Infanta Elena
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    H.R.H. the Infanta Elena

    Madrid, 20.12.1963
  • H.R.H. the Prince Felipe
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    H.R.H. the Prince Felipe

    Madrid, 30.01.1968
  • Her Majesty the Queen
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    Her Majesty the Queen

    Madrid, 22.11.1975
  • Royal Family
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    Royal Family

    Madrid, Palacio de la Zarzuela 1974,
  • H.R.H. the Infanta Cristina
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    H.R.H. the Infanta Cristina

    Madrid, 13.06.1965
In addition to her official and institutional engagements, the Queen Sofía devotes much of her time to social and welfare activities. She is the Executive President of the Queen Sofia Foundation. She is also the Honorary President of various cultural and musical institutions, including the Queen Sofia Higher School of Music.
She also participates in a number of international projects for the promotion of rural women and for the development of micro-credits for the disadvantaged.

  • Royal Family
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    Royal Family

    Palma de Mallorca, 1976,
  • XXV Anniversary of the Proclamation os HM the King
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    XXV Anniversary of the Proclamation of HM the King

  • Wedding of HRH the Infanta Elena with Jaime de Marichalar
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    Wedding of HRH the Infanta Elena with Jaime de Marichalar

    Sevilla, 18.03.1995
  • Wedding of H.R.H. the Prince of Asturias
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    Wedding of H.R.H. the Prince of Asturias

    Madrid, 22.05.2004
  • Their Royal Majesties with their grandchildren
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    Their Royal Majesties with their grandchildren

    Madrid, 2007,
  • Her Majesty the Queen in Australia
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    Her Majesty the Queen

    Australia, 2009,
  • Her Majesty the Queen with Spanish athletes
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    Her Majesty the Queen

    South Africa, 11.07.2010
  • Wedding of HRH Infanta Cristina with Iñaki Urdangarin
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    Wedding of HRH Infanta Cristina with Iñaki Urdangarin

    Barcelona , 04.10.1997
The Queen Sofía is an Honorary Member of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts and of the Royal Academy of History. She has received Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Rosario (Bogota), Valladolid, Cambridge, Oxford, Georgetown, Evora, New York and Seisen (Tokyo).

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Proclamación de S.M. el Rey Don Juan Carlos
22.11.1975